Michigan State University
Michigan State University
American Indian and Indigenous Studies
William Lovis
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PROFESSOR – Anthropology

Professor and Curator Lovis’ research explores the relationship between human economic adaptation and mobility and changing Holocene environments in both the Great Lakes region and northern England. His multidisciplinary perspective includes collaborative experiments on carbonized food residue formation and interpretation of resultant isotope signatures to track the transition from hunting and gathering to horticulture in the Great Lakes. He harbors a continuing interest in applied theory and method, especially as it relates to research design. Dr. Lovis has been heavily engaged in issues of public policy in archaeology, particularly surrounding repatriation at the national level as well as forensic applications including law enforcement training and human remains investigations. Dr. Lovis is currently engaged in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research into the formation and preservation of stratified archaeological sites within the dynamic coastal dune settings of Lake Michigan, and continues to engage in research from a decade of fieldwork on Mesolithic sites in Yorkshire with his colleagues at the University of Bradford. Dr. Lovis has held numerous elected and appointed offices in professional organizations, and is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Career Award from the Midwest Archaeological Conference. Dr. Lovis performs a dual role as Curator of Anthropology at the MSU Museum. The MSU Museum houses numerous Great Lakes/Michigan archaeological collections accessible to faculty and students for engaged research and curation experiences. Most recently, these collections were central to major geoarchaeological syntheses of data from southern Michigan floodplains and Lake Michigan coastal dunes by Dr. Lovis and his collaborators, resulting in predictive models for site burial and preservation, baseline paleoenvironmental information, and planning and heritage management frameworks. Dr. Lovis along with Co-PI Lynne Swanson was recently awarded an Institute for Museum and Library Services Museums for America Program Grant to upgrade storage of the MSU Museum Archaeological Collections with installation of compact storage units.Professor Lovis currently advises five doctoral students, and will no longer be accepting new advisees.


Email: lovis@msu.edu

Phone: 517-355-3485


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817 E Shaw Ln Room E31
East Lansing MI 48825 US